Though it took a time out and thought about its actions ahead of its second season, it looks like Netflix’s star-studded cringe comedy Friends From College won’t be back for season 3. Part of the recent Netflix purge that occurred on this past Presidents’ Day, the comedy joins the likes of Marvel’s last two remaining series on the streaming service, The Punisher and Jessica Jones, as the most recent originals to receive their walking papers after relatively short runs.
The series boasted one of the more impressive casts on TV recently, with Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, Annie Parisse (The First), Cobie Smulders, Nat Faxon (Married), Jae Suh Park (The Big Short) as a group of friends who can’t seem to stop ruining one anothers’ lives. The big twist in the first season was that Key and Parisse’s characters, Ethan and Sam, were carrying on a longtime affair, despite Ethan and Lisa (Smulders) being married and trying to have a child. That aspect, in addition to the often obnoxious behavior of the group — perfectly commented on by Billy Eichner’s Felix, the boyfriend of Savage’s Max — drew no small amount of criticism in season 1, and Stoller, along co-creator Francesca Delbanco worked to change that in season 2. Apparently to no avail, unfortunately.
Much like how The Punisher star Jon Bernthal took to social media in advance of the official statement from Netflix, so too did Stoller, as he killed two birds with one tweet, announcing the series’ cancelation and wishing everyone undoubtedly celebrating banks being closed and mail service being delayed a happy Presidents’ Day. Check out Stoller’s tweet below:
Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!— nicholasstoller 🇺🇸 (@nicholasstoller) February 19, 2019
As always, the reasons behind Netflix’s decisions (cancelations and otherwise) remains somewhat opaque, but one can surmise that the show’s fate was tied to the initial critical reaction to season 1 and, likely, that season 2 may have underperformed as a result. If that’s the case then, that’s unfortunate, as though the friends in Friends From College were grating most of the time, it was usually an entertaining sort of unpleasantness that had no shortage of laughs, particularly from Savage and Eichner, who comprised one of the funniest TV couples in recent memory.
Still, things move on, and as quickly as the Netflix content machine moves, there’ll be two seasons of a new sitcom ready to take the place of Friends From College. In the meantime, for those who haven’t watched it yet, it’s worth giving the series a try.
Friends From College seasons 1 & 2 are available to stream on Netflix.